Sheep Poodle

Sheep Poodle Breed description: Character & Co

Sheep Poodle


Origin and history of the Schafpudel

The Sheep Poodle is one of the Old German Shepherd Dogs, a group of herding dog breeds that were mainly maintained and bred by wandering shepherds in Germany. These sturdy and reliable dogs were used in the past to herd and protect flocks of sheep.

The name "Schafpudel" is most likely not derived from a possible relationship with the dog breed Poodle, but comes from the Low German word "Pfuhl", meaning "muddy puddle". This could refer to the dog's soft, puddle-like coat. Thus, it is a descriptive name that does justice to the dog's characteristics, similar to other Old German dog breeds.

Already in ancient written sources there are mentions of the sheep poodle, although the exact descriptions are often sparse. What is certain, however, is that shaggy-haired working, herding and flock dogs were once widespread, indicating a long history of this dog breed.

Suitability and keeping of the Sheep Poodle

The Sheep Poodle is a working dog and therefore not ideal as a pure family or companion dog. Its origins as a herding dog mean that it needs a task in order to feel balanced and challenged according to its breed. Consistent training and sufficient exercise are essential for this breed. Long distances next to a bicycle or horse are ideal for the Sheepdog.

In addition to physical exercise, the Sheep Poodle should also be mentally challenged. This can be accomplished through tracking or rescue dog work, or through dog sports activities. With proper management and employment, the Sheep Poodle will prove to be a loyal and versatile companion.

In conclusion, the Sheep Poodle is an active and engaging dog that needs loving but consistent leadership and a purpose to be happy. Its history as a herding dog shapes its personality and needs and should be taken into account when considering adding such a dog to the family.

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Alternate Name Chicken poodle
Origin Germany
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Characteristics of the sheep poodle

The Sheep Poodle is a working dog through and through, being originally descended from the herding dogs. His traits reflect his hard-working and robust nature. He is a spirited and intelligent dog, energetic and playful in his approach to his tasks. A hearty working dog bred for generations to work with flocks, he exhibits a persistent and robust demeanor. Despite its energy, the Sheep Poodle is not a nervous type of dog, but shows itself to be balanced and controlled.

The Sheep Poodle is known for his assertiveness and strong protective instincts, which is why he needs close contact with his family. He sees his family as his pack or flock and feels the need to protect them. Therefore, kenneling is not recommended for this breed.

Use of the Sheep Poodle

The Sheep Poodle was originally used for herding, driving and protecting sheep. Nowadays, the Sheep Poodle finds its place mainly as a family dog. He has a strong protective instinct and can therefore also be used as a guard dog. Despite its temperamental and robust nature, the Sheep Poodle is not considered a beginner dog. His active nature and need for work make him an ideal companion for athletic individuals with plenty of space. He is excellent for activities such as cycling and skating tours, long rides or skiing and mountain hikes.

Education and training of the Sheep Poodle

Training the Sheep Poodle can be challenging due to its robust and confident nature. It is recommended to attend a dog school and get the Sheep Poodle used to other people and dogs while it is still a puppy. This helps to avoid aggressive behavior in various everyday situations. The Sheep Poodle is a working dog that needs a lot of exercise and is constantly looking for something to do.

The Sheep Poodle can handle the demanding task of a family dog if he is trained early and consistently. He should learn to be obedient and submissive as early as possible. The Sheep Poodle must be able to reliably handle children of all ages - this is a challenge for dogs in general, and should not be underestimated. In addition, he should be able to calmly cope with noisy and hectic city stays and easily cope with visits to restaurants and department stores.

In summary, the Sheep Poodle is an active, intelligent and hard-working dog that can be used as a herding dog as well as a family dog. However, its strong character traits require consistent training and a lot of patience from owners. If you feel ready to welcome a Sheep Poodle into your life, you will be rewarded with a loyal, protective and loving companion who will bring you and your family much joy.


Health and care of the sheep poodle

Sheep Poodles are considered to be a very robust and healthy dog breed, with little tendency to specific breed diseases. They owe their vitality to natural breeding selection over generations, which allowed only the hardiest and healthiest animals to breed. Nevertheless, regular veterinary checkups and proper vaccination scheduling should not be neglected to ensure the dog's overall health.

The care of the Sheep Poodle, however, can be a bit more demanding. Their dense, shaggy coat is prone to matting and therefore requires regular brushing and occasional professional trimming. Despite these requirements, the Sheep Poodle is considered a low-maintenance breed, as it can withstand all weather conditions and is not very prone to skin problems.

Breeding and buying a sheep poodle

Choosing a breeder plays a crucial role in buying a Sheep Poodle puppy. A good breeder will prepare the puppy from the beginning for its future roles, whether as a working dog or a family dog. A good breeder will ensure that the puppies are well socialized in the first weeks of life and do not grow up isolated. This prevents the dogs from becoming stubborn, shy, antisocial and difficult to train later on.

Future owners should therefore pay special attention to the origin and rearing conditions of the puppy.

In conclusion, the Sheep Poodle is both a robust and healthy dog breed, but it requires consistent care. When choosing a puppy, special attention should be paid to the origin and rearing conditions in order to obtain a healthy and well-socialized dog.

Sheep Poodle Breed Description

The Sheep Poodle is a fascinating and unique dog breed that is characterized by its striking physical features. From its size and weight to its distinctive facial features and robust build, this breed has many distinctive characteristics.

Size and weight

Sheep Poodles are medium-sized dogs, with females usually reaching a height of 45 to 55 inches and males reaching a height of 50 to 60 inches . Their weight usually varies between 17 and 25 kg. Thus, they are powerful, yet manageable animals.

Facial features

The head of the Sheep Poodle is moderately broad and has a similar length to the muzzle. The stop is pronounced, although it is often not particularly noticeable due to the long coat. The large, round eyes are dark and give the dog a friendly and alert expression.

The ears of the Sheep Poodle are attached to the side of the head and end in rounded tips. They usually wear their ears drooping or slightly tilted.


The Sheep Poodle is characterized by a strong and muscular build, which is complemented by a straight back. This gives the dog a slender, yet elegant and lithe appearance. Their body is rather rectangular, so slightly longer than high. Their legs are straight, and the tail is long and slightly saber-shaped, although short tails are also found.


A major characteristic of the Sheep Poodle is its dense, shaggy coat, which makes the dog appear large and round. This coat gives the Sheep Poodle its distinctive appearance and provides protection from various weather conditions.

The Sheep Poodle's coat color varies greatly, and there is no prescribed color, as there is no official breed standard. Common colors are gray, blue-gray, light wheat and white, but black also occurs. Tan colors are rather rare in this breed.

In summary, the Sheep Poodle is an impressive breed due to its unique physical characteristics. Although this breed is not recognized by the FCI, it still has a loyal following that appreciates its distinctive features and unique character.

Fur length long
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Triangle
Tail fanned out
Anatomy massive, strong, sporty
Size ♀ 45 - 60 cm
Weight ♀ 17 - 25 kg
Size ♂ 45 - 60 cm
Weight ♂ 17 - 25 kg
Suitable For -


  • Sheep Poodles can reach an age of 12 to 15 years if they are well cared for and kept healthy.

  • Sheep Poodles should not be left alone for too long as they are prone to separation anxiety and can exhibit destructive behavior.

  • Yes, Sheep Poodles can be good family dogs as they are friendly, playful and love children. However, they need a lot of attention and exercise.

  • The coat of a sheep poodle requires a lot of care, as it is long and shaggy. Regular brushing and trimming is necessary to avoid matting.

  • Yes, Sheep Poodles are intelligent and willing to learn, which makes them relatively easy dogs to train.

  • No, sheep poodles are not hypoallergenic dogs and can cause symptoms in allergic individuals.

  • Sheep Poodles are very active dogs and need plenty of exercise and exercise, ideally several walks a day and regular playing and romping.

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